Council drops legal bid over Clenchwarton housing scheme

Former Fosters S&SC site at Clenchwarton ANL-150713-090746009
Former Fosters S&SC site at Clenchwarton ANL-150713-090746009

West Norfolk Council has ended its bid to overturn a government inspector’s decision to give permission for a housing development in Clenchwarton, it was confirmed today.

In July, the authority lost a High Court challenge against the awarding of planning consent for 40 homes on the former Fosters sports ground.

And officers had indicated they would consider further legal action on the case, which centred on whether the authority could prove it had a five-year supply of housing land.

The ruling backed the inspector’s view that the council could not show such a supply.

But a council spokesman said this afternoon: “Having gone through the written judgement in some detail, and having sought legal opinion, we have decided not to challenge the judgement at the Court of Appeal.

“The prospects of winning the challenge are considered to be slim and the costs cannot therefore be justified.”

The news of the decision came just hours after the council’s cabinet member for development, Vivienne Spikings, announced her resignation from the role.